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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: the american student otto warmbier has died, days after he returned from north korea in a coma. his parents blame mistreatment in prison. a vigil is near the mosque in north london where a van was driven into muslim worshippers. a man has been arrested, accused of terror offences. cuba condemns president trump's decision to re—impose certain travel and trade restrictions lifted by the obama administration. and a source of inspiration for irish literary legends re—opens after a multi—million dollar make—over. hello. otto warmbier, the american student returned to the united states only last week after 15 months of captivity in north korea, has died.
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he was 22. his family blame his death on what they call the torturous mistreatment he received. president trump said mr warmbier had faced tough conditions under a brutal regime. peter bowes reports. otto warmbier was travelling in north korea as a tourist when he was arrested in january of last year. he had attempted to steal a propaganda sign from the hotel as a souvenir. before his trial, at a news conference arranged by the north korean government, he tearfully confessed to trying to take the sign as a trophy for a us church. save this poor and innocent... a month later, the economics student from the university of virginia was paraded through the halls of north korea supreme court. he was found guilty and sentenced to 15 years of hard labour after a one—hour trial. it was soon after the trial that otto wormbier fell into a coma. north korea said he had contracted
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botulism but on his return home, his american doctors said there was no evidence to support that diagnosis. they said he'd suffered extensive brain damage. the circumstances of his detention in north korea and what medical treatment he received there remain a mystery. the warmbier family blamed otto's death on what they called :the torturous mistreatment" he received at the hands "the torturous mistreatment" he received at the hands of the north koreans. "no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experience today," they said in a statement. otto warmbier was freed after senior officials from the us state department travelled to pyongyang to demand his release on humanitarian grounds. president trump spoke shortly after hearing the news of his death. ijust wanted to pass on word otto warmbier has just passed away. he spent a year and a half in north korea. a lot of bad things happened but at least we got him home to be with his parents where they were so happy to see him
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even though he was in very tough conditions, but he just passed away a little while ago. it's a brutal regime and we'll be able to handle it. in a written statement, the president added that his administration was determined to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency. peter bowes, bbc news. our correspondent steve evans in seoul has been following this story. north korea says that he fell into a coma shortly after his trial more than a year ago. there's no evidence that's so. we simply don't know. there are things which don't add up in the north korean view of events. for example, they are saying that mr warmbier had tried to overthrow the state. well, the initial charge against him was not that — it was that he'd simply
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engaged in a student prank, really — i mean, that is the best way to describe it — for which it got 15 years hard labour. we do not know when he fell into a coma. there must be a suspicion that he fell into a coma quite recently. his parents were only told at the beginning of this month, and the us was only told at the beginning of this month, that he was in that situation and american diplomats — or and american diplomat and two doctors — then went to pyongyang and discovered him in that dire situation — comatosed but with some evidence of life, apparently, tohugh not with any ability to communicate. so there must be the suspicion that it happened just before the north koreans realised that there was a possibility of an american citizen dying in their hands, something which would present them
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with a lot more difficulty than they've already got. that is simply me surmising. what seems pretty clear is that the north korean accounts cannot be taken at face value. it is a miserable business. are there likely to be wider implications, political consequences? i think there must be. otto warmbier‘s family has been very prominent and dignified in the us media, presenting a very human face to a tragedy if. presenting a very human face to a tragedy. in other words, it is a human face to big political event and that must raise the pressure on president trump. he has already got this item right up at the top of his agenda because of the possibility of another nuclear test by north korea, a missile launch. his resolve that north korea will not get the ability to strike the united states so the issue
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is a ready right up there and what this does is it puts a human face on the downside of that regime. but when you get a father with this kind of grief on your tv screens, in prime time, it really brings it home to americans, i suspect. a vigil has been held near a mosque in north london — almost 2a hours after a van was driven into muslim worshippers. eleven people were injured, and one man died, although it's not clear if his death was linked to the alleged attack. a man from south wales has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences and murder. daniel sandford reports. it was just after midnight in london and the third attack using a vehicle injust three months. this time the muslim community was the target.
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basically, he drove on the pavement, coming straight towards all the muslims and as he is coming to them, he hit all of them. after the van had crashed through worshippers marking the holy month of ramadan leaving nine badly injured, men who had been to late night prayers found themselves wrestling the suspected van driver to the road. when he was on the ground i asked him why did he do that, why? you know, innocent people. and he goes, "i want to kill muslims." the 47—year—old suspect is believed to be darren osborne, a father of four from cardiff, unknown to m15. he was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder at first, and then of terrorist offences. as he left, with handcuffed hands, he waved to the angry crowd. reporter: can we take any more terror, prime minister? the prime minister arrived close to the scene of the attack,
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visiting finsbury park mosque, one of two whose worshippers were caught up in the violence. there is no place for this hatred in our country today and we need to work together as one society, as one community, to drive it out, this evil that is affecting so many families. the prime minister's visit came just over 12 hours after the van ploughed into a group of worshippers, theresa may clearly wanting to be seen among the community that was attacked as soon as possible. all around the politicians visiting, a huge police forensic operation was under way. the focus — this white van rented in wales. it had turned off the main seven sisters road into a cul—de—sac, hitting the worshippers as it went through. some of them had been treating a man who was apparently suffering from a heart attack. the man who later died. we treat this as a terrorist attack
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and we in the met are as shocked as anybody in this local community or across the country at what has happened. in this year of terror, the muslim community of north london was a new target. but the consequences of the violence were the same — some people in hospital have potentially life—changing injuries. daniel sandford, bbc news, finsbury park. as we've heard, the bbc understands the suspect to be darren osborne, who's 47 and a father of four, who'd been living in cardiff, but is believed to be from somerset. police have been searching a residential address in the pentwyn area of the city, as our wales correspondent sian lloyd reports. more than a 150 miles away from finsbury park, this house in a quiet residential street in cardiff is a central part of the police investigation. the home of darren osborne, originally from weston—super—mare, who has been living here for ten
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years with his partner and four children. khadijah and herfamily moved next door a few months ago. darren osborne had recently helped her with some diy. just a shock. he seemed an every day guy, i see walking the dogs, walking the kids to school and back, just doing everyday things like everyone else. you know, he was never unpleasant to me. did you see him at the house yesterday? yeah, he was actually singing, dinner time with his kids, as a normal dad would do. tonight, darren osbourne‘s family issued a statement saying: they added: this family—run company 16 miles away has also played a part
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in the investigation. the vehicle used in the attack came from here. managers at pontyclun van hire have said they're shocked and saddened by what happened in finsbury park. they say they're helping the investigation. police continue to guard the family home this evening. during the afternoon i've spoken to many people who live in this street, who knew the family, and they‘ re overwhelming feeling is that of shock. over the coming days, the questions will continue — what was it that led to this terror attack? if you want to catch up on all the latest developments in the finsbury park mosque attack you can keep right up to date on our website. you'll find more footage and eyewitness accounts from the scene, on bbc.com/news in what french authorities say
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was a terrorist attack in the centre of paris, a driver has died after ramming his car into a police van on the champs elysees. officials found guns and explosives inside the car. tim allman reports. the champs—elysees, one of the world's most famous avenues brought to a standstill. yellow smoke billows out of a car in the distance. the vehicle had hit a police van. yet another attack on the streets of paris. translation: as it's really hot at the moment, i thought to myself, "oh, it's a problem with the car, it's caught fire. it could happen to anyone." but then when i saw the way it yellow smoked, i thought to myslef, but then when i saw the way it yellow smoked, i thought to myself, "maybe it's an attack, maybe we're in serious danger." the driver died at the scene. it is believed he had been on france's security of watchlist since 2015, over alleged
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links to radical islam. translation: there were several weapons inside the car, including explosives which were powerful enough to blow the vehicle up. once again, this shows that the threat level in france is extremely high. so high the country has been under a state of emergency the nearly two years. first introduced in november, 2015, when the paris attacks took place. at least 130 people were killed and many more were injured. it was then extended the following year when a tunisian man deliberately drove a lorry through bastille day crowds, in nice. 86 people lost their lives. the latest deadly attack came in april this year, when a police officer was shot dead, again, on the champs—elysees. the french government says new legislation to bring the state of emergency to a close
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will be unveiled this week, but ministers insist new laws will be needed to keep the citizens of france safe. tim allman, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: mass evacuations in portugal as forest fires spread. it's now confirmed at least 62 people have died. there was a bomb in the city centre. a code word known to be one used by the ira was given. army bomb experts were examining a suspect van when there was a huge explosion. the south african parliament has destroyed the foundation of apartheid by abolishing the population registration act, which for a0 years forcibly classified each citizen according to race. germany's parliament, the bundestag, has voted by a narrow majority to move the seat of government from bonn to berlin. berliners celebrated into the night but the decision was greeted with shock in bonn. just a day old and the royal baby is tonight sleeping
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in his cot at home. early this evening, the new prince was taken by his mother and father to their apartments in kensington palace. the real focus of attention today was valentina tereshkova, the world's first woman cosmonaut. what do you think of the russian woman in space? i think it's a wonderful achievement and i think we might be able to persuade the wife it would be a good idea if i could to get her to go up there for a little while. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: otto warmbier, the american student who returned home from prison in north korea last week in a coma, has died. 12 months after the united kingdom voted to leave the european union,
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the first formal talks to set the terms of departure have been held in brussels. the eu's chief negotiator, michel barnier, said he hoped the atmosphere would be constructive. the uk's brexit secretary, david davis, talked of a new and special partnership. this from our europe editor, katya adler. hanging onto that handshake as hard as he could, this was david davis's show of strength today, the first day of face—to—face brexit negotiations almost 12 months since the uk voted to leave the eu. i am here in brussels today, like michel, to begin the next phase of our work, to begin a new, deep and special partnership with the european union. determined to sound confident and upbeat, everyone here knew the secretary of state carried british political uncertainty in his back pocket and he knew that they knew. fast forward through this first day of negotiations where brexit divorce details like the irish border, citizens‘ rights and a possible exit bill were discussed and it became clear that david davis had given in on what he pledged would be the row of the summer, his demands to talk trade with the eu from the start.
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though at the closing press conference at the european commission, there was one brexit promise he insisted he was sticking to. can the eu trust that what you ask for today or tomorrow will be what you ask for in a few days‘ time considering the political confusion at the moment in the uk? the position hasn't changed. because the membership of the single market requires the four freedoms to be obeyed and we need to bring back to britain control of our laws and borders, we will be leaving the single market. he said the uk would leave the european customs union as well. by then michel barnier‘s intentionally upbeat first—day—of—negotiantions rhetoric erupted into this. translation: the uk decided to leave the eu, not the other way round, and consequences are substantial, human, social, financial, legal and political. this isn't about punishment or revenge, but do not underestimate those consequences. david davis today declared himself
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a determined optimist but the eu warns, the path to a fair dealfor both sides it is fraught with risk. katya adler, bbc news, brussels. cuba's foreign minister has rejected the new american policy set out by president trump last week. speaking in vienna, bruno rodriguez said mr trump's decision to re—impose some of the travel and trade restrictions which were lifted by the obama administration "looks like a return to the same policy that didn't work for 50 years". from havana, will grant. until now, the cuban government had limited itself to a simple statement on the new us policy. now the foreign minister delivered a speech, first in spanish than in english, to make sure president trump got the message. cuba will not make any concession to its sovereignty and independence. it will not negotiate these principles as it never did in its entire history. on friday, mr trump had delivered
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a pretty uncompromising message of his own. in essence, he told cuba it was reimposing restrictions on travel and trade that had been lifted by the previous administration. if they wanted any further relaxation of sanctions they would need to take steps in improving human rights. again, that wasn't a stance that the cuban government was prepared to accept. the changes that need to be made in cuba will be sovereignly determined by the cuban people, as usual. in cuba itself, most people are disappointed that the friendlier ties enjoyed under president obama seemed to vanish so quickly. translation: more american should come, not fewer, so that they know the culture
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and politics of cuba better and understand us better. it is an absurd policy because it will affect the people, it will affect families in both countries and the economy of people who are just trying to work. this place is full of americans now. the island is becoming another part of the us. we take a step, we come across an american. one more step, another one. we are surrounded by americans. she is right. record number of americans have visited cuba over the last two years and those with visits already booked have been told nothing will change. plenty however fear the worst. i stayed with a family for my first night, they were wonderful and accommodating and very nice so i would like to continue that trend and be able to come back. however, under the new rules, coming back to cuba may need more planning and paperwork.
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a word the foreign minister repeatedly used was damage. damage to the bilateral relationship, to the confidence built up during mr obama's time in office, and to the american people who faced greater challenges. nothing is likely to budge the trump administration from its cause of toughening its stance towards the island. will grant, bbc news, havana. in portugal, emergency workers have been evacuating areas in the path of major forest fires. it's reported they've claimed the lives of at least 62 people. it's thought they were started by a lightning strike on saturday. the bbc‘s james reynolds has been to the region where relief aid is now being delivered. these are the flames of portugal's worst disaster for more than a quarter of a century. for a third day here in the centre of the country, forests burn. on saturday, flames quickly engulfed this road. the fire caught families who'd been trying to drive to safety. it's hard to conceive of their last minutes. portugal has more forest fires than any other country in southern europe.
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it's had years to make proper preparations, and yet on this road dozens lost their lives in the fire. the village of nodeirinho watched the fires approach. a dozen residentsjumped into this water tank to escape. 84—year—old marta da conceicao was helped in by her daughter. "oh god, oh god, it was awful", she tells me. "like hell". the rescue effort continues during a three—day period of national mourning. the country now asks why its most isolated residents were left to save themselves. james reynolds, bbc news, central portugal. the national gallery of ireland has
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reopened after a multi—million pound refurbishment, with a spectacular show of the works of the dutch master, johannes vermeer. our arts editor, will gompertz, has been to dublin to see the reborn institution said to be at the heart of the nation. finally, having been locked firmly shut for the last six years, the gates to ireland's national gallery open once again to reveal what has been a much—needed £27 million face—lift. we've had the decades of dilapidation, the buckets on the floor, the mouldy paintings and the obvious necessity of improving the gallery and here we are now. it's taken a long time, we've had a whole banking collapse and we've had a huge recession, we've had the literal decimation of all the capital budgets in government and we managed to keep this one going. it has been possible to see some
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of the gallery's masterpieces in the few rooms kept open during the refurbishment, but not like this, not in theirfull glory, where rubens hangs alongside a rembrandt, next door to a breugel with a yeats below and then, across the way... we can't tell, no—one knows what she's writing but there's a sense of her doing something that matters. vermeer‘s famous painting woman writing a letter with her maid. more than anything, though, is about how scarce northern light falls in a room. it's filled with subtlety. there's a great sense of him withholding, holding in, knowing that what he really wants you to do is move your eye always towards this face, that you're going to move in towards something you cannot know and cannot see, which is her gazing at the words she's making. she'll have plenty of company
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in the weeks ahead in the form of nine other vermeer paintings that the national gallery of ireland has borrowed from museums around the world for a special exhibition to mark its long—awaited reopening. will gompertz, bbc news, dublin. and before we go, take a look at this. there are many hazards facing politicians giving live interviews, and the president of costa rica has just discovered a new one. as he was speaking to journalists, a wasp began buzzing around his mouth. like a professional, he kept on talking, offering an inviting target for the wasp. in it flew, crunch went president solis rivera, and that was the end of the insect. and the president's comment. "pure protein." much more on all the news including that on the website. thank you for watching. hello.
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monday brought the highest temperature recorded in the british isles so far this year and here's one for your diary, if we manage to get as far ahead as wednesday and we're still producing temperatures in excess of 30 degrees, that will be the longestjune hot spell in over 20 years given that by that stage we'll have put together five consecutive days with the temperatures over 30, which we easily exceeded on monday, especially at the hampton water works, 33.5, which beat a number of more recognised holiday locations across the world. there's something of a change in hand for some parts of the british isles, given we're about to see an old weak weather front tumbling its way further south across the british isles, introducing the prospect for some at least of somewhat cooler, fresher conditions. quite a bit of cloud to the eastern side of the pennines and an onshore breeze, all of it helping to cool things. those effects won't be felt across the south—west of england or the south—east of wales, temperatures here perhaps a fraction higher than they were during the course of monday.
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london, perhaps a little bit cooler here, but as we get up to the north—west of england, still plenty of heat, cooler on the eastern side of the pennines. for northern ireland, scotland, quite a bit of sunshine around but you're on the cooler side of the weather front so those temperatures nowhere near as high as the ones i've indicated in the south. you don't need me to tell you the pollen levels have been extraordinarily high of late, that's the way it stays i'm afraid for much of the british isles through tuesday. the uv levels are also very high and where you get the sun for any length of time you've got to start thinking about protection. from tuesday and into wednesday, as far ahead as that we could still talk about the hot air from iberia and the near continent to the extent that somewhere across the south—eastern quarter we could look at 32 certainly, possibly as high as 34. as is often the way at this time of year, we bring in a little bit of moisture from the atlantic, pushing that heat underneath it, and things could start to go bang quite violently as well. so it's something we're keeping an eye on at this stage. and wouldn't you just know it, we're starting to think
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about glastonbury as well. notice how those temperatures towards the end of the week begin to tumble away quite smartly, and, as i say, at this time of year the heat can tend to break down in quite violent thunderstorms. wednesday night into the first part of thursday, they could be a real player in the weather scape. eventually we'll see somewhat cooler conditions pushing across much of the british isles but it may take a while before we see these temperatures in much of the south—east beginning to tumble away. this is bbc news. the headlines: otto warmbier, the american student who returned to the united states last week after 15 months of captivity in north korea, has died. he was 22. his family have blamed his death on mistreatment he received in prison. president trump said mr warmbier had faced tough conditions under a brutal regime.
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a vigil has been held near a mosque in north london — almost 2a hours after a van was driven into muslim worshippers. 11 people were injured, and one man died, although it's not clear if his death was linked to the alleged attack. a man from south wales has been arrested and accused of terror offences. cuba's foreign minister has rejected the new american policy set out by president trump last week. bruno rodriguez said mr trump's decision to re—impose certain travel and trade restrictions lifted by the obama administration "looks like a return to the same policy that didn't work for 50 years". the muslim council of britain has condemned the
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